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DAM. A construction of wood, stone, or other materials, made across a stream of water for the purpose of confining it; a mole.
     2. The owner of a stream not navigable, may erect a dam across it, and employ the water in any reasonable manner, either for his use or pleasure, so as not to destroy or render useless, materially diminish, or affect the application of the water by the proprietors below on the stream. He must not shut the gates of his dams and detain the water unreasonably, nor let it off in unusual quantities to the annoyance of his neighbors. 4 Dall. 211; 3 Caines, 207; 13 Mass. 420; 3 Pick, 268; 2 N. H. Rep. 532; 17 John. 306; 3 John. Ch. Rep. 282; 3 Rawle, 256; 2 Conn. Rep. 584; 5 Pick. 199; 20 John. 90; 1 Pick. 180; 4 Id. 460; 2 Binn. 475; 14 Serg. & Rawle, 71; Id. 9; 13 John. 212; 1 McCord, 580; 3 N. H. Rep. 321; 1 Halst. R. 1; 3 Kents Com. 354.
     3. When one side of the stream is owned by one person and the other by another, neither, without the consent of the other, can build a dam which extends beyond the filum aqua, thread of the river, without committing a trespass. Cro. Eliz. 269; 12 Mass. 211; Ang. on W. C. 14, 104, 141; vide Lois des Bat. P. 1, c. 3, s. 1, a. 3; Poth. Traite du Contrat de Societe, second app. 236; Hill. Ab. Index, h.t.; 7 Cowen, R. 266; 2 Watts, R. 327; 3 Rawle, R. 90; 17 Mass. R. 289; 5 Pick. R. 175; 4 Mass. R. 401. Vide Inundation.

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14) However, little attention has been paid to the timing of oral sex among young people in the United Kingdom and the use of condoms and dental dams during oral-genital contact.
For oral sex with a woman or oral-anal sex (rimming) it's safest to use a dental dam, plastic food wrap, a condom, or latex gloves cut into a flat sheet.
The use of dental dams is virtually nonexistent in this sample; their use should be explained and literature on how to make a dental dam from a dry condom should be made available, especially because dental dams are not easily accessible in many low-income areas.
For example, safer sex programs for women should address the issue of male resistance to condom use and include demonstrations and instructions on the use of dental dams, where to obtain them, and how to make other latex barriers when dental dams are not readily available.
Non-exclusive framework agreement for the supply to NHS Supply Chain depots via the Stock and/or Blue Diamond route and to the NHS Supply Chain customer base via the E-Direct Route of Condoms Dental Dams Implantable Contraception Non-Implantable Contraception Sterile Lubricants Non-Sterile Lubricants Ultrasound Gels Probe Covers and Teaching Aids.
Condoms and dental dams, when used properly, remain the best defense against nearly all STIs.
Specific medical applications that benefit from the superior performance of polyisoprene include catheters, surgical gloves, medical stoppers, medical tube connectors, dental dams, physiotherapy bands and personal care products.
Crosstex dental dams isolate procedures from blood and saliva as well as tongue and cheek interference, while reducing contaminated aerosols and risk of patients swallowing or aspirating foreign bodies.